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Do Immigrants Displace Native Workers? The Austrian Experience

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  • Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf
  • Zweimüller, Josef

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This paper studies the effect of increased immigration in Austria on the risk to natives of becoming unemployed. Austria experienced a dramatic rise in the share of alien workers as a result of the breakdown of the former communist regimes (especially that of the former Yugoslavia). We concentrate on entry into unemployment of young male workers who are thought to compete most with new immigrants. Our results indicate that the detrimental impact -- if it exists at all -- is only minor and is irrespective of the chosen proxy for competition (the share of foreign workers in an industry, in a region or at the firm level).

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 991.

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Date of creation: Jul 1994
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:991

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Keywords: Immigration; Native Workers; Unemployment Risk;

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  1. Gang, Ira N. & Rivera-Batiz, Francisco L. & Yun, Myeong-Su, 2002. "Economic Strain, Ethnic Concentration and Attitudes Towards Foreigners in the European Union," IZA Discussion Papers 578, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Hofer, Helmut & Huber, Peter, 2001. "Wage and Mobility Effects of Trade and Migration on the Austrian Labour Market," Economics Series 97, Institute for Advanced Studies.
  3. Herbert Brücker, 2003. "Die Arbeitsmarkteffekte der Ost-West-Migration: theoretische Überlegungen, Simulationen und empirische Befunde," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 72(4), pages 579-593.
  4. Gang, Ira N. & Rivera-Batiz, Francisco L. & Yun, Myeong-Su, 1999. "Immigrants and Unemployment in the European Community," IZA Discussion Papers 70, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  5. Ira N. Gang & Francisco Rivera-Batiz, 1996. "Unemployment and Attitudes Towards Foreigners in the European Union: A Statistical Analysis," Departmental Working Papers 199612, Rutgers University, Department of Economics.

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